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BBQ OYSTERS + SUNSHINE = HAPPINESS

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It's been hot. I live in San Francisco, so when I say hot, it's probably not as hot as non-Northern California people are used to in the summer, but for us, its quite hot. For me, when it gets hot, I get tired much much faster and the prospect of doing anything in the city on my days off seems undesirable and unlikely. On days...
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FOOD FINDS IN LA | GJUSTA

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I have a love / hate relationship with LA. I will always love San Francisco infinitely more, but on occasion, a weekend or a few days in LA can be a nice change of pace. I like staying within individual neighborhoods of LA as getting around can be difficult, but there are definitely food gems to be found all over the city. On this particular...
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COASTAL CRUISING IN CAPRI

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This is one of those posts that requires few words. I recently made a sort of spur of the moment decision to go to Italy for ten days with a friend. We spent most of the trip in Amalfi, but spent two days on the Island of Capri, just off the coast from Sorrento. The island is pretty jaw-dropping on the gorgeous scale from foot, but it...
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CALIFORNIA’S HIGHWAY ONE

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Growing up on the California coast, there are certain things we take for granted: The fact that the ocean is always immediate, that the landscape in and around home is dramatic and beautiful, and that the weather is mostly pleasant. Not until I went to college in St. Louis did I truly understand and appreciate the singularity and wonderfulness of the California coast.Having moved back to...
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TAHOE BLUE | MAGGIES PEAKS HIKE

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Growing up in the Bay Area, excursions to Tahoe have been a mainstay of my childhood, teenagerhood, and now adulthood (scary). Tahoe is one of those places that has something for everyone and it has it year round, from skiing and snowboarding, to ice skating, boating, spa days, hiking, paddle boarding, balloon rides, etc etc etc. It truly is a wonderful place for people of...
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#HUMBLED | THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

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My favorite book in Elementary School was called the Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in the US) by Philip Pullman. The story is set in a parallel universe and chronicles the journey of Lyra Belacqua into the Arctic. If you haven't read the book, you should (the first and second book are much better than the third). Anyway, I digress. This book was my first...
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BURNT MISO RAMEN | GOGYO

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I am a big fan of ramen - maybe it's due to my 1/4 japanese-ness, or that it warms you up like nothing else on a cold day, or simply because it's just delicious. Whatever the reason, I love ramen and I eat it frequently. Naturally, on a recent trip to Japan I went a little ramen crazy, leading me to my first bowl of burnt...
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SNAPSHOT OF KYOTO TEMPLES

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I love Japanese architecture for its complex simplicity (if that makes any sense to you). From afar, the forms and design seem simple, but take a closer look and the structures and components are actually wildly complicated, intricate, and labor intensive. This almost effortless beauty is innate in Japanese culture as a whole and can be seen not only in architecture but also in food,...
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A DAY IN ARASHIYAMA

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On a recent trip to Kyoto I found myself with most of a day free. I had spent the morning at Kiyomizu-dera temple overlooking the city and was looking for something peaceful and more low-key to do for the next couple hours. I vaguely recalled someone recommending that I visit the Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama when I had mentioned I was heading to Kyoto for...
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HOTEL MOUSAI | PUERTO VALLARTA

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I recently scored an incredible Travelzoo deal and took a spur of the moment long weekend trip to Puerto Vallarta. It took me about 26 minutes after looking at the promo to decide I just had to go. A  new hotel slightly south of the Old Town of Puerto Vallarta was having an off season sale. Basically a room that would typically run $800+ was...
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